Source: The Washington Post
September 6, 2012
"HONG KONG — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific says it will stop carrying shark fins as cargo, bowing to pressure from groups concerned about cruelty and possible extinctions as China’s appetite for the delicacy rises.
“Due to the vulnerable nature of sharks, their rapidly declining population, and the impacts of overfishing for their parts and products, our carriage of these is inconsistent with our commitment to sustainable development,” Cathay said in a statement.
Shark’s fin soup has long been a staple of high-class Chinese banquets and its consumption is becoming more commonplace as incomes in China rise."
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